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'Raging Grannies' get Aug. court date



Published: Tue, July 26, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Five older women known as the "Tucson Raging Grannies" pleaded innocent Monday to misdemeanor trespassing charges lodged when they tried to enlist at a military recruitment center.

A judge set an Aug. 19 pretrial hearing for the women, who range from 55 to 81 years old -- decades older than the maximum allowable age for recruits. The women are "pretty thoroughly anti-war; we're concerned about the environment and what's happening to civil liberties," said Patricia Birnie, a spokeswoman for the group.

Birnie was with the women when they entered a recruiting center on July 13, but was not cited.

She said two recruiters told the group not to enter, but the women said they had come to enlist, read a statement and sang two protest songs. By the time they returned to the sidewalk outside, police had arrived. The Raging Grannies have protested outside the recruitment center on Wednesdays for the past three years, and contend that recruits have been lied to, Birnie said.




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